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27Apr/12Off

W4CR at Llandegfedd Reservoir

May 6th sees Windsurfing For Cancer Research’s ‘Sunrise to Sunset’ return for another year.

Gwent Adventures at Llandegfedd Reservoir will be running a fun-filled day to mark the event and raising funds for some fantastic charities while they are it. Mike Walklin, chief instructor at Gwent Adventures, has set himself  a personal challenge to teach a group of complete beginners to windsurf in two hours. They will start at 10am and the aim is to make them part of the event by 12 midday!

The Polkerris Pirates T15 team get involved at W4CR 2011

There will be always be somebody windsurfing between the hours of 8am and 8pm. Accompanied by a BBQ, refreshments, there will also be a raft race, SUPs & Dinghy trips and free windsurfing technique and tuning sessions to kick start your season.

Gwent adventures will be holding a raffle with excellent prizes from C-Skins Wetsuits, Gwent Adventures and Rat Rigs Surf – make sure you don’t miss out! W4CR has raised over £130,000 since it started 3 years ago, hopefully the sterling efforts this year will raise even more for the fantastic charities. You can find out more at www.w4cr.org

Matt Walklin at last year's event

The event this year has special significance for all of us involved with Llandegfedd, we are raising as much money as possible for charities. Firstly, for Velindre Cancer Care, and also for the Karen Morris Memorial Trust. This trust provides accommodation for families of cancer patients undergoing treatment in London, and this was where Matthew Walklin’s family stayed.  Matthew is sadly no longer with us and we dedicate all our efforts in this to his fond memory.”

 If you can’t make it on the day, please make a donation or sponsor Mike Walklin at  justgiving.com/gwent-adventures.

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27Apr/12Off

BSA Slalom weekend at Weymouth

The Official Test Centre hosts the next stop on the British slalom tour…

With an absolutely stonking forecast for the coming days, the BSA Slalom event at Portland Harbour promises to be an incredible one. Hosted by the OTC and Puravida, there will be stacks of great demo equipment to try. The first event of the year at Hayling Island saw no result, so it’s all to play for going into this second round of Slalom.

Plenty of wind this weekend in Weymouth...

To celebrate the launch of the new collaboration between the OTC and PuraVida (more details here), there will be a huge party on Saturday night to kick off the new venture. Local band ‘The Cheapshots’ will rock the party tent following a big BBQ. For any non-windsurfing family/spouses, the OTC will be running taster sessions at an incredible £5 per person! The perfect way to get into the sport…

OTC Centre manager Kev Greenslade, will he take victory this weekend?

 

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12Apr/12Off

Join Harty this week for a spring tune-up!

Peter Hart has a couple of spaces left on his Skills Makeover clinic this week at West Wittering…

Spring is here and Peter Hart is ready to give you the tune-up your windsurfing might need. Over to Harty…

“If you’re struggling to nail a specific move or are just a bit despondent at your general lack of progress, the root causes are usually the same. So on this course Harty, the ‘guru’s guru’, will take a holistic look at your windsurfing and address the details that will make a huge long term difference to your sailing. You can ask him to address a particular skill or you can just ask him to have a look and make you better! Whichever, you WILL emerge a better player!”

Harty with some happy students at West Wittering

Taking place in just a couple of days time, the clinic will be held at the fantastic South Coast location of West Wittering. If you aren’t nearby, hotels, B+Bs and campsites can all be arranged.

The Club
You will be the guests of 2XS and the West Wittering Windsurf Club. The facilities and beach set-up are spectacular. It sits within an immense swathe of undeveloped coastal plane. You rig up on grass. The clubhouse has tea cofee, wi-fi and classy piping hot showers.

Give your sailing a makeover with Peter Hart

The sailing area
The appeal of the sailing area is that it offers everything to everbody at different states of tide. At low water, the sea retreats behind a sand bar to leave a silky smooth, waist-deep ‘gybe-atorium.’ As the tide pushes, waves break on the banks and the more accomplished can strut their aerial stuff.

Running on the 13th and 14th April, the 2 days will set you back just £200, while the benefits to your windsurfing will be immeasurable! To book your place on the course, hurry up and contact Simon Bassett at X-Train via email: info@x-train.co.uk or by phone: 01243 513077.

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30Mar/12Off

The Watersports Academy – All change

Down in Poole, The Watersports Academy are happy to announce a new range of equipment…

As one of the premier windsurf centres on the South Coast, The Watersports Academy are keen to ensure they have the best kit on offer. For 2012, you can now take your pick from the latest Starboard windsurf and SUP boards, and Tushingham rigs.

A rack full of new Tushingham rigs for you to enjoy...

“We are excited and pleased to announce that we are now stocked with a full range of Starboard and Tushingham Kit for the 2012 season. From beginner kit to 90L FSW boards, we pretty much have the whole quiver!

We’d love you to come down and have a look, hire and test it all out over the next few weeks and we hope to have some photos up over the next couple of days. First we need to get unwrapping and strapping!”

Top Coach Sam Ross helping get the new gear set up

To find out more about The Watersports Academy, head to their website (www.thewatersportsacademy.com) or follow them on Facebook.

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16Mar/12Off

Kev Greenslade to head up new OTC venture

Top racer Kev Greenslade takes the reins as the new OTC/Puravida Centre Manager…
Kev has been a well known name on the slalom and speed circuits for many years now. Having enjoyed national and international success on raceboard in the 90′s, Kev has gone on to secure a further two British titles in 2010/11 at Weymouth Speed week – and now he is stepping up to run the latest setup from the Official Test Centre, powered by Pura Vida.

The new arrangement means that the OTC in Weymouth will now have nearly twice as many boards and sails on offer, improving on the already excellent levels of kit available. The project goes live at the end of March and will be overseen by Kev.

“It’s with great pleasure that The Official Test Centre and Pura Vida announce that Kev Greenslade is going to be the man holding the reins as the Centre Manager of their new venture. On the Weymouth windsurfing scene he is one of the most friendly and approachable characters on the water, so was an obvious choice … if he could be poached from his day job!

Asked about his move, Kev said, “After spending 20 years working in the aerospace industry, it is like a dream come true to have this opportunity, especially working with two of the most proactive energetic guys in the industry. I look forward to helping others at all levels of our sport and spreading the OTC / Pura Vida love. See you on the water!”

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Kev on top of the BSA at Weymouth

Jim Brooks, from Pura Vida comments, “We’ve been sponsoring Kev for more than two years now and know just how passionate he is about the sport, so have been talking about putting a plan into action for quite a while. He’s perfect for the job and provides a real focal point for impartial informed advice in everything to do with windsurfing. We just can’t wait to get going.”

Kev Greenslade

Tris Best, from OTC UK added, “Kev has always been a great support since we opened the UK centre in 2010, so to have him as a colleague now and working with him to help push the sport in the area is really very exciting. His ability on the water is matched by his modesty and willingness to help – he’s an inspiration to lots of the guys in our Team 15 club, so we’re sure to produce some great young windsurfers under his watchful eye in the future!”

For more information about the OTC’s UK centre powered by Pura Vida, visit otc-windsurf.com, email info@otc-windsurf.com or call 0121 288 9965 / 07817 717904.”

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17Feb/12Off

Baker Brothers chat at Queen Mary Sailing Club

Nik and Ant Baker will be hosting an evening of fine dining, equipment tuning and everything in between…

Next Wednesday (22nd February) will see World Class Windsurfers Nik and Ant Baker hosting an evening at the Queen Mary Sailing Club.

The boys will be discussing the latest and greatest in windsurfing equipment technology, how to tune your gear to get the very best from the conditions and advise on kit selection. Starting at 7pm will be a buffet dinner, followed by the chat starting at 8pm. Any questions you may have on technique will also be open for discussion, time permitting.

The supper costs just £5.50 and the talk is free for members of the club and just £35 for non-members.

To reserve your place at this special evening (just 30 spaces available!) either call the club on 01784 248881 or contact Ant via email: info@baker-academy.com

Ant Baker, 2011 BSA Slalom Champion

More details on the QMSC website HERE.

 

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22Dec/11Off

Galahad Wisbey – LWA Young Persons Award

News from the London Region Windsurfing Association (LWA)…

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Galahad Wisbey receives LWA Young Persons Award

Young Windsurfer of the Year Award 2011

On 5 Nov at the Prizegiving Ceremony after the first Icebreaker event, LWA Chairman Paul Robinson presented the Young Windsurfer of the Year Award to 12 year old Galahad Wisbey from Bearsted near Maidstone. The Award consists of a splendid trophy plus a cheque for £150 which comes from several anonymous donors. In addition a photo of Galahad in action will also feature on the poster advertising the 2012 LWA Summer Race Series.

In his first season’s racing at regional and national level, Galahad came top of the LWA Junior Fleet and took third place in the 4.5 fleet in the UKWA Inland Series.

A further award of £50 was made to Matthew Barton from Pakenham in Suffolk , another very determined young sailor who makes a journey of some 200 miles in a day to compete in the LWA Series.

Previous winners of the LWA Young Windsurfer of the Year Award include Keith Atkinson and Bryony Shaw, so Galahad and Matthew have a lot to live up to!

18Nov/11Off

SWA / Severne Awesomeness Award 2011

MC Yeates picks up the Severne Awesomeness Award

MC Yeates picks up the Severne Awesomeness Award

The Student Windsurfing Association’s headline festival Aussie Kiss 10 hit a new level this year.  With the help of the industry, the future of windsurfing had no problems getting hold of the latest 2012 demo kit and our home grown talent certainly knew what to do with it.

The Severne Awesomeness award was a bespoke guerrilla competition attempting to single out the tip top student contributors.  The guys you want to see at events –enhancers, if you will.  Those who intuitively lay down mad skills on the water and rise up to lead the lash on land every night.  We have lots of these, chaps and chapesses!  Fortunately, we sourced a team of 42 flying squirrels to judge the competition – Our furry team are not easily impressed.  With a shiny new Severne Blade 4.7 up for grabs, it was all to play for!

There is a fine line between natural awesomeness and overcompensation.  AK saw a number of both deeming the Severne awesomeness award difficult to judge.  The individual to shine through was probably not even aware we were actively looking for the behavior he was so actively exhibiting.  Matt, also known as his alter ego MC Yeates, blew away all competition with his freestyle capabilities, enthusiasm and entertainment at the AK party.  Among other things, MC took to the microphone for two hours during the early hours of the morning in front of 600 entranced students.  His actions are to be seen on the AK Vid, but MC Yeates had them partying harder than ever known.  Some say it was so hard that we caused a minor earthquake measuring 5.2 on the Richter scale somewhere in the North Atlantic, providing awesome waves for the BWA Cornwall the next week.

On top of this hardline party time Matt made his way through the rounds of the North/Fanatic freestyle competition to the final where he displayed his trademark one handed gecko as well as speed loops and a variety of spocks and flakas.

Matt received his Severne Blade 4.7 at the next event, Nottingham Pondlife, where he continued his awesome spell and ran clinics to the up and coming future awesomeness generation.

Matt reports: “Aussie Kiss is always a highlight of the year but winning the Severne Awesomeness award was really a great top off to a perfect weekend. Anyone that’s been to an SWA event will tell you it’s a mix of partying and windsurfing hard and it was my mix of both that saw me nominated for the award. The standard is getting really high in the SWA freestyle and a spock 540, flaka and spin loop in front of the crowd was what it took to get me through to the final. As far as what I did on the party side of things, keep your eyes on the SWA website for the upcoming official event video for more details!  A big thank you to Severne again for the epic prize, it’s the help from companies like Severne that is helping the SWA grow as big as it’s becoming! See you on the water!”

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16Nov/11Off

SWA / BRUWE Wet Dream III – Preview

SWA / BRUWE Wet Dream III

SWA / BRUWE Wet Dream III

Student Windsurfing Association media secretary Will Jones introduces the next event on the SWA calendar…

For its third year running we welcome back the incredible, the mesmerising, the sick-tacular, the madness that is BRUWE Wet Dream III – time to change the sheets!

Following the wide range of ideas available from Pondlife’s Children in Need theme, we are proud to annouce a theme of ‘Stereotypes’ to the weekend full of options with chavs, goths and ginger guys in kilts raiding the streets of Bristol.

We understand that this event is right on the tail of Pondlife and the loans are running out, so that’s why this event is only £20. That’s right, just twenty quid!

For this price you will recieve a t-shirt, mug, 2 x breakfast & dinner, a full day of instruction for beginners and intermediates, entry into racing and freestyle competitions, prizes, the floor of a host’s house for two nights, a Friday night party, and a Saturday night that will promise to be the most ridiculous night you will ever have as a student – we’re looking for many contenders for the outrageous behaviour award. It will not fail to impress!

Get your tickets now at www.studentwindsurfing.co.uk

Check out the event at www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=217750608298484

See you there!

15Nov/11Off

Polkerris Scoop Cornish Silver

The Polkerris team collect their award

The Polkerris team collect their award

The Polkerris Beach Company has finished its 2011 season on a high by scooping the Silver award for ‘Best Tourism Activity, Sport & Experience Of The Year’ at the Cornwall Tourism Awards!

Technically, the award was presented to the centre for their outstanding windsurfing tasters but in practice, the judging panel assessed the business as a whole. With rivals such as the St Mellion International Resort and the world renowned Minack Theatre, manager Lynn Shillito commented “It’s very nice to know that we are up there with the best in Cornwall as once again the region was voted ‘Top Holiday Destination’ at the British Travel Awards. We also won Silver last year, so it was a huge pat on the back for the whole team.”

With windsurfing instructors such as Adam Lewis who ranked 17th at the last PWA wave event and George Shillito who finished 3rd nationally in 2010, Bob said “it is to no surprise that the centre just keeps growing from strength to strength and we look forward to welcoming many more watersports enthusiasts new and old next year!”

Keep an eye on www.polkerrisbeach.com for all the latest news and information.

Pictured above: Bob, Lynn, George on the left, Hollie on the far right, plus host Sue Perkins and the gent from Brewer & Bunney who presented the award. Goes to show they can scrub up nicely when required … and own clothes other than flip-flops and T-shirts!